Thursday, June 02, 2005

Hillary Clinton 2008 Watch

Not mincing any words, Time columnist Joe Klein tells us what he really thinks about Hillary's chances in 08. While I don't always agree with Klein's opinions I do think he raises the same red flags I would raise concerning Hillary's long odds of being successful.

Hillary in 2008? No Way! By Joe Klein
It would doubtless be a circus, a revisitation of the carnival ugliness that infested public life in the 1990s. Already there are blogs, websites and fund-raising campaigns dedicated to denigrating her. According to the New York Observer last week, these sites aren't getting much traffic—yet. But they will. I remember several conversations with Senator Clinton after her health-care plan was killed 10 years ago, and she was clearly pained—nonplussed by the quality of anger, the sheer hatred, directed against her. That experience would be a walk in the park compared to the vitriol if she ran for President.


And then there is her husband, a one-man supermarket tabloid. A few weeks ago, the New York Post ran a photo of Bill Clinton leaving a local restaurant with an attractive woman, and the political-elite gossip hounds went berserk. Prominent Democrats—friends of the Clintons—were wringing their hands. "Do we really want to go through all that again?" one asked me. I don't know—should the sins of the husband be visited upon the wife? Absent any evidence, the former President should be considered guilty until proved really guilty. But there is another problem: What role would the big guy play in a Hillary Clinton Administration? Would he reform health care? Does anyone believe that a man with such a huge personality would have a less active role in her Administration than she had in his?


Anonymous Ben said...

I don't understand why everyone outside New York seems to hate Hillary so much. Some of her language may be corrosive, but she has great ideas. She seems to be so divisive because she's a strong-willed, intelligent woman. If she were a fembot like Laura, maybe her ratings would go up in traditional republican centers, but she'd be less of a candidate.

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far, I'm not impressed with Hillary. She's screechy and uninspiring, and it's irritating to see how many pundits speak as if she's already gotten the Democratic nomination. No one I know plans to vote for her in the primary.

9:10 PM  

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